Covers for the propane regulators

D’you know, when I proposed using 30-pound propane bottles for the Secret Lair’s cookstove, some people argued that that would never work? I couldn’t imagine why not, this is one of the poorest counties in the continental U.S., lots of people live out their lives in old RV trailers and are happy to have 30-pound bottles with a little pressure in’em. In fact I was just finishing up my stay in an old RV trailer, five winters long, and though I won’t say propane supply was always the least of my troubles it was only because that was a symptom of my overall transport troubles. Those little portable bottles worked fine.

What I really worried about, though I mostly kept it to myself, was that while building the Lair I did an awful lot of scrounging and improvising. Doing that with propane is a good way to get blowed up.

Every opportunity I’ve had to learn something about how propane plumbing is supposed to run, as opposed to the way I learned to run it, I took. Every opportunity I had in the next few years to improve the Lair’s propane infrastructure, I made. These days – I can’t even believe I’m saying this – it actually meets code. Even though having two separate sources for the two propane outlets is a little weird, it wouldn’t fail an inspection. Not a single rotting rubber hose anywhere.

I’ve got a couple of nice regulators, one of which has a plastic dome that will turn milky with too much exposure to the sun even though it’s made for an outdoor application. And I thought, as a final crowning touch to celebrate finishing the space heater’s plumbing, I ought to make it a little sun awning.

And I made another smaller one for the cookstove’s regulator, just to finally shield it from winter ice.

I am exceedingly pleased with myself.

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5 Responses to Covers for the propane regulators

  1. Ben says:

    You even painted them!

  2. Joel says:

    I remarked to Landlady over this morning’s coffee that in the short time since the Lair was an ugly OSB shack I have transformed from a guy who didn’t care that there were big stacks of pallets in the yard to an effete little aesthete running around with a paintbrush and obsessing about trim. I suppose on some level it’s an improvement.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looking good, protecting propane cylinders is never a bad thing. I’m glad to see you didn’t try to box them in, And yes, I’ve caught people doing just that for the sake of esthetics. Propane leaks in a small space are never a good thing. It’s good that you are meeting code. One thing I’ve learned from doing a lot of safety stuff while I was working, there’s a safety code for a reason.

  4. Joel says:

    Yeah, boxing them is never smart. I’ve seen fifth-wheel RVs that do that, there being no good open-air place to put the bottles. I understand the problem but it still seems like a hazard.

  5. Mike says:

    Those RV propane bottle storage spaces that are factory installed have to be very well vented because if anything happened there would be “questions asked” by the people who were effected and the insurance companies.The folks who just cobble one together without taking venting into account are taking a heck of a risk.

    I remember talking with a guy years ago who had a small place like yours up in Yellow Knife, NWT. While he was on the electrical grid, his heating/cooking came from 4 very big propane cylinders. To get a little more out of his propane he (a) boxed in the cylinders, and (b) used a heat lamp on the cylinders to warm and expand the gas. He managed to get away with this for several years until one fateful day he lost half of his house because of a small leak. Propane is not something to be toyed with.

To the stake with the heretic!